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LIVE: Joshua Bell & BSO @ Tanglewood, 7/8/16 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

With a slow but steady rain falling, the lawn at Tanglewood was sparsely populated, but inside the shed there were smiles all around as the Boston Symphony Orchestra celebrated the opening of its 2016 Tanglewood season last night. The beginning of the classical season is always festive, and for long-time concert-goers, it was a pleasure to see and hear violinist Joshua Bell, back for his 28th consecutive summer at Tanglewood since his debut there in 1989. Bell’s choice as soloist was Saint-Saëns’s gypsy influenced Violin Concerto No. 3. The sound of his Strad filled the shed with infectious rhythms and melodies.

Canadian conductor Jacques Lacombe may not be known for florid conducting, but his communication with the players resulted in a delightfully raucous and colorfully Spanish-flavored Alborada del gracioso, by Ravel, eight minutes of pure musical fireworks that delighted this listener, who has never lost his appreciation for the contrast of shimmering brass duking it out with pizzicato strings and doubled harps. What an uplifting racket!

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LIVE: Bob Dylan & His Band @ Tanglewood, 7/2/16

Monday, July 11th, 2016

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Review and photographs by Martin Benjamin

What a gorgeous evening it was at Tanglewood. Perfect breeze, perfect temp, perfect humidity and crystal clear out. The crowd was mostly boomer with some 30-40 somethings sprinkled in. Mavis Staples opened with a spirited set backed by her integrated band of three white guys and two black back-up singers. The musicians were a tight unit, playing softly when called upon and incredibly rocking when justified. Guitarist Rick Holmstrom was a standout, full of the energy of youth backing the energetic 76-year-old singer.

Mavis hit her stride beautifully on the third song, Talking Heads’ “Spirited People.” At the end of this song Mavis chatted about Bob. “We’re happy to be here with our good friend Bob Dylan. That Bob, he’s something, you know. I love listening to him, but I really love watching him. He’s got this move [to his step], he’s so cool.”

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July’s Classical Music Calendar for Tanglewood & the Berkshires [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

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TODAY (TUESDAY, JULY 5)
TANGLEWOOD MUSIC CENTER FELLOWS PERFORM IN CONCERT TOGETHER

TMC String Quartet]On Wednesday, July 5, the talented young musicians of BSO Music Director Laureate Seiji Ozawa’s Swiss Academy String Quartet Ensemble and the Tanglewood Music Center join together for a program including the first movement from Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat for Strings, Op. 20, and Grieg’s Holberg Suite. The musicians from the Seiji Ozawa International Academy Switzerland will perform string quartet excerpts during the first half of the program. Tickets for today’s concert are free and can be reserved at www.tanglewood.org.

WEDNESDAY (JULY 6)
TANGLEWOOD BRASS: BOSTON POPS WITH FOUR WORLD-RENOWNED DRUM CORPS

On Wednesday, the Tanglewood Brass Spectacular! returns for its second year, featuring members of the Boston Pops brass and percussion sections performing a one-of-a-kind concert with four of the world’s best drum corps: the Boston Crusaders, the third oldest drum corps in America; the Rockford, Illinois-based Phantom Regiment; the Bluecoats, from Canton Ohio; and 10-time Drum Corps International World Champions, the Cadets, from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

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Tanglewood Becomes Dollywood on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

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Legendary country music star Dolly Parton makes her Tanglewood debut with a season-opening performance at 7pm on Friday (June 17) in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The most honored female country performer of all time, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the world of music entertainment, penning classic songs such as “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors” and her mega-hit “I Will Always Love You,” garnering seven Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards and so much more.

Tickets have been on sale for some time, and as of this report, there are still lawn tickets available at $32 (plus service charge). But for the shed, only obstructed view seats are still available. So if you want to attend, and secure full view seats, you are at the mercy of the scalpers, and will pay dearly for having delayed ordering until now. To see what Tanglewood has left, go to: www.bso.org.

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New Concert: James Taylor Returns to Tanglewood [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
James Taylor and his All-Star Band coming to Tanglewood July 3 and 4

James Taylor & His All-Star Band are coming to Tanglewood July 3 & 4

James Taylor returns to Tanglewood in Lenox with his All-Star Band for performances at 8pm on Sunday & Monday, July 3 & 4, in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. The July 4 concert will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display over the Stockbridge Bowl in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. Both performances will include many of the iconic songs so closely associated with Mr. Taylor, as well as new original material from his recent album Before This World, which was released earlier this year.

Just last week Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House. The Medal of Freedom is the nation’s highest civilian honor. Taylor, who regularly performs to sold-out audiences at Tanglewood, has returned to the festival 24 times since his first performance there in 1974.

As in past years, Kim and James Taylor will donate proceeds from the July 4 performance to Tanglewood.

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Tanglewood Announces 2016 Season of Classics & Surprises [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, November 20th, 2015

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There will be a youthful edge to the classical offerings of the Boston Symphony Orchestra when it returns to Tanglewood in Lenox this summer. Lots of Mahler and Beethoven, a healthy portion of opera favorites and a trip back in time with Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret. This most unusual program shows the hand of music director Andris Nelsons, pushing the envelope of traditional offerings, yet not quite out of the box. The Weimar Cabaret features the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Barry Humphries — Australia’s greatest entertainer, best-known to audiences around the world as Dame Edna Everage — who will curate, present and perform the popular music of Berlin’s Weimar Republic (1920s–1930s) including jazz, cabaret, tango and Broadway-musical style pieces (Sunday, August 14).

Overall the 2016 Tanglewood season – June 25-September 3 – is complex and diverse, offering Berkshire visitors a wide-ranging schedule of performances and events with some of the biggest names in the classical music world and beyond. They include Andris Nelsons, Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Yefim Bronfman, Christoph von Dohnányi, Charles Dutoit, Renée Fleming, Paul Lewis, Yo-Yo Ma, Kristine Opolais, Dawn Upshaw and Yuja Wang featured with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Boston Pops concerts including one with guest artist Seth MacFarlane, with Keith Lockhart conducting, and the ever popular John Williams’ Film Night.

Ozawa Hall performances by Jordi Savall, the Chick Corea Trio, Chanticleer and the Emerson String Quartet; and favorite radio programs “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” live from the Koussevitzky Music Shed.

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John Williams Ailing, Bows Out of Tanglewood [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
John Williams Conducting The Boston Pops 5/22/07. Photo by Michael Lutch.

John Williams conducting the Boston Pops, 5/22/07. Photo by Michael Lutch.

John Williams regretfully has had to cancel his upcoming appearances at Tanglewood in Lenox for Tanglewood on Parade on Tuesday (August 4) and Film Night on Saturday, August 22, due to a back ailment that requires him to rest and limit travel over the next few weeks. Williams is expected to recover soon and return to his conducting work in the coming weeks.

BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will lead the Boston Pops in Williams’ “Throne Room and Finale” from “Star Wars” during Tanglewood on Parade on Tuesday (August 4). And Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart will join conductor David Newman to lead John Williams’ Film Night on August 22.

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LIVE: Boston Symphony Orchestra @ Tanglewood, 7/3/15 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 6th, 2015
Jacques Lacombe conducts Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with Kirill Gerstein, soloist. (photo: Hilary Scott)

Jacques Lacombe conducts Gershwin Piano Concerto in F with Kirill Gerstein, soloist.

Review by Larry Murray
Photograph by Hilary Scott

All across the Berkshires, the stages have lit up as music, theater and dance return to the area in profusion. No migration is bigger – or more welcomed – than the annual arrival of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 100+ players and staff, all of whom make their homes in the Berkshires every summer. The legendary orchestra has a world famous sound that is still unequaled, one that is loud enough to fill Tanglewood’s 5,000-seat shed which serves as its summer concert hall with music, and up to some 15,000 on the lush and legendary lawn that surrounds the concert hall with the aid of loudspeakers. Both the classics and popular music are welcomed at the famous Lenox venue with its lush grounds.

Friday night (July 3) was perfect in every respect for the symphonic opening. The weather was clear and brisk, the grounds serene and green, the festive crowd expectant and in a very good mood.

For its first concert of the 2015 Tanglewood season, the BSO explored the riches of our country’s own musical heritage with a ravishing all-American program of music by John Harbison, George Gershwin, Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington. The dynamic Jacques Lacombe conducted, with the exciting pianist Kirill Gerstein, equally renowned in jazz and classical repertoire, featured in Gershwin’s Concerto in F. John Douglas Thompson electrified the audience as the speaker in Copland’s Lincoln Portrait.

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